Amsterdam isn't known for its ghosts, but any city inhabited for over 700
years can't help but accumulate a mystery or two along the way. Here are a
few of them. Except as noted, they can be visited at any time.
These are not spookee as such, but are worth a look:
- Rasphuispoortje (Heilige Weg, between the Kalverstraat and the
Koningsplein). The Queen of Heaven holds a scourge over two recumbent men
in chains. Below is the legend "CASTIGATIO." This was the entrance to a
famous workhouse, to which able-bodied paupers were sent after being busted for vagrancy or indebtedness. Men spent
their days rasping logs down to dust. Michel Foucault cited this as an
early model for the modern penitentiary. The Rasphuis was abandoned, and was finally demolished in 1898.
- St. Olaf's Chapel (Zeedijk, Centrum). Skulls, random bones, a full
skeleton and the legend SPES ALTER VITA ("Hope, the other life") are
carved above the doorway.